Go to navigation
It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:17 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:18 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:23 pm
Posts: 20
My Ds hasn't scored high enough to get into GS in Southend areas. With just over 303 and being OOC area, he now wants to get to St Thomas. Do the kids who took and passed the test get grouped together in one class? And how is teaching? the last league table doesn't seem torank this school high enough. Information please.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:41 pm
Posts: 136
I have a few students from St Thomas More who have done very well at GCSE and are now at GS at 6th form. They are out of catchment and did not pass the 11+.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:01 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: Chelmsford and pleased
Catholics are given priority for the grammar stream. Tommy More won't look as good in the tables as it is a comprehensive with a mixed ability intake.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:23 pm
Posts: 20
Chai wrote:
I have a few students from St Thomas More who have done very well at GCSE and are now at GS at 6th form. They are out of catchment and did not pass the 11+.
moved wrote:
Catholics are given priority for the grammar stream. Tommy More won't look as good in the tables as it is a comprehensive with a mixed ability intake.


Thanks Chai and Moved. Although I knew that St Thomas is not a pure GS school in the strict sense, I did not know that it is in fact categorised as a comprehensive! Big disappointment here. One wonders on the reason why they're with CSSE at all...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: Chelmsford and pleased
It is a Catholic school, with funding from both the church and the state. It is technically a bilateral school.

Shoebury and Cecil Jones are also comprehensive schools that are partially selective. The non-selective elements of these schools are comprehensive.

I'm not sure what the designation of the school has to do with the achievement of its pupils.

If partially selective, the remaining intake must be non-selective.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
Posts: 4600
Location: Essex
DD is in yr7 at Cecil Jones. This school allocates children to "populations" (streams) on the basis of their SATs. DD is in "X-Pop" - Extension Population - which seems to include about a quarter of the intake. DD says that in her Maths class the spread is from level 6 down to "a good level 4" (apparently the teacher had not been sent their levels by the first lesson, so asked them to put their hand up when she read out the appropriate one :lol: ).

Several, like DD, took the 11+ and did not achieve 303. There may well be those who would have passed the 11+ but wanted to go to CJC rather than a grammar and were in catchment so were under no pressure to test. Similarly, in the case of St Thomas More (or St Bernard's), children wanting a place and knowing that they qualify for the school under faith criteria would be under no pressure to take the 11+ to try get a semi-selective place, however academically able they might be.

In these schools, the bright kids are bright kids, however they got there :) .

_________________
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:56 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:37 am
Posts: 20
Does anyone know how much religious teaching there is at this school? I know it is a catholic school, but how heavy on the Catholicism is it?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:10 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
Posts: 4600
Location: Essex
Dazel wrote:
Does anyone know how much religious teaching there is at this school? I know it is a catholic school, but how heavy on the Catholicism is it?


Have you had a look at their prospectus? RE as an academic subject 4 periods per fortnight.

Back in the 1970s I attended a girls' indie which was officially pretty High Anglican, but I have to say that although even then a confirmed (sorry no pun intended!) atheist, to me it never felt like the impression the STM prospectus gives of the "religiousity" of the school, if you see what I mean.

The day-to-day reality may not be as heavy as it sounds, of course, but the impression the school gives is that it is definitely not a school to go for just to get a "selective" place unless you (or more importantly your DS) actually have the religious commitment to go with it.

_________________
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:13 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: Chelmsford and pleased
The main issue is that you have to complete a SIF for religious faith, unlike St. Bernard's.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016